Although she doesn’t earn any money by doing it, Julin really enjoys volunteering in a second-hand shop. It gives her opportunity to improve her Danish by chatting with colleagues and customers.
In the future, Julin hopes to work in a furniture shop – but first she has to complete her Danish Language Course 2.
My colleagues help me with speaking Danish ... . It’s really heart-warming that they want to help me speak and understand Danish.
“I’ve worked here as a volunteer for six months. I walked into the shop one day and asked if they needed a volunteer.
I was only in Module 3 of DU 2, and I only spoke a little Danish, but the staff in the shop were really nice.
They said that I could volunteer there. Now I work at the Red Barnet (Save the Children Denmark) second-hand shop every Tuesday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
My colleagues help me with speaking Danish. If I don’t understand what they say, they use Google Translate on their mobile phones.
It’s really heart-warming that they want to help me speak and understand Danish. We talk about everything. They like talking about their families and their holidays. It’s really nice."
Danish at the workplace
"Anni is one of my close colleagues. She’s been a volunteer at the second-hand shop for ten years, and she also has a job as a nurse.
In Shanghai, I worked as an accountant in a large clothing company, so I also help with the shop’s accounts. When I’m at work, I’m the one who counts the till.
I like selling clothes and talking with customers. I learn a lot of Danish and many new words.
There are two types of customers. Some customers don’t speak at all – they come into the store, choose some clothes, pay and then leave.
Other customers browse around in the shop and look at clothes for a long time. They have plenty of time and they like talking."
"I would like to work more in the shop, but I also have to tend to my studies. Even if I get another job, I would still like to continue as a volunteer in the second-hand shop.
In the future, I dream of working as an accountant, but I have to get better at speaking Danish first. I think that I will have to get really good at Danish in order to succeed.
But I would also like to sell clothes or furniture. I think it would be exciting to work at IDEmøbler. If I can sell children’s clothing, then I can also sell furniture!”